Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Big Pipes and A BIG little Art Show from the Irma Freeman Art Center @ GA/GI

Brett Boye has a great set of pipes
The strains of bagpipes will be heard along with the usual cacophony of GA/GI Fest as Brett Boye, Irma Freeman's, CEO takes to the rooftop to pipe in the event at Unblurred in May. Boye, who has made a mission out of piping, takes to the task with gusto while inside, artist and business partner, Sheila Ali has curated a show of art by people who strive to create their own little universe. The Big Little Show, runs now through June 20th and hosts a large array of nationally known artists as well as Pittsburgh favorites: Alberto Almarza, LaVerne Kemp, Ryder Henry and Bill Shannon

Sheila D. Ali, Miniature Curator
Says Ali on the show's Facebook page: " What better way to manifest ones aspirations, hopes, and dreams than through nurturing the imagination in the art of minituria?" Ali found her initial fascination with all things small at the Carnegie Museum's Hall of Miniatures, and the museum is working on the project in partnership with her. 

The show's infinitely interesting exhibition of the of small curiosities comes in a variety of mediums including art that has recycled items in them. Grass could be jean clippings and trees might be old twisted wire. You'll have to get up close to tell, and even then you might only be guessing.   

An Outdoor scene from the Big Little show
The IF Gallery @ 5006 Penn Avenue will be open GA/GI eve and also Saturdays from 2-5 pm or by request, and runs now until June 20. There are also workshops in conjunction with the Big Little show, and upcoming IF Art Summer Camps for kids. 

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